Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DIETING? IT'S OKAY TO SPLURGE!

Studies have shown that dieters who enjoy a favorite comfort food such as pizza, chips or ice cream once or twice a week actually reach their weight goals faster than other dieters! Other dieters tend to slurge everyday trying to satisfy their cravings while those with a planned slurge meal hold out for that meal.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

RED BELL PEPPERS

Red bell peppers are high in cancer-fighting carotenoids. When roasted the count is even higher. Like tomatoes, cooking concentrates these cancer-fighting compounds.

Friday, November 6, 2015

HOW TO FIGURE NET CARBS

Total carbs include fiber. To figure net carbs subtract the fiber count from the total carbs.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PARSLEY IS FOR MORE THAN DECORATION

Yes, parsley sprinkled on foods make them look pretty but according to researchers at the University of Missouri it does a lot more than that. Parsley is a very good source of apigenin, an antioxidant the researchers suggest can stop breast cancer cells from growing. Eating a few ounces of parsley daily is a good way to keep the apigenin in your blood stream. Other apigenin-rich foods include mint and celery. Another benefit of eating parsley is that it helps to control bad breath.


Monday, August 24, 2015

ALCOHOL AND ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

The International Journal of Cancer has reported that having two or more alcoholic drinks a day raises estrogen levels and doubles endometrial cancer risk.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

BOOST YOUR RESISTANCE TO STOMACH FLU (NOROVIRUSES)

Do you ever wonder why some people are always getting a "stomach bug" while others never seem to? There is a simple explanation why many people who are exposed to a norovirus never get sick. Ready? Here it is...they have an abundance of "good" bacteria in their digestive tract. The "good" bacteria crowds out the "bad" bacteria before it has a chance to make them sick. To up your norovirus resistance do something as simple as eating a cup a day of yogurt that contains live bacteria, according to Jeanne Drisko, M.D., integrative medicine researcher at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Protect your little ones, especially now that they are in school, by giving them a "child-size" yogurt daily. Be sure the yogurt you choose says, "live cultures" or "live bacteria".

Note: This is not an endorsement of the brand. This is only to show the Live Cultures on the carton.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

WHAT TO EAT WHILE RECOVERING FROM STOMACH FLU

Continuing with yesterday's post regarding stomach flu - should you be unlucky enough to get stomach flu (norovirus) you will not doubt try to avoid food at first. Here are some tips on what to eat to settle a queasy stomach:

  • Take small but frequent sips of water. No gulping, just sips.
  • Start back on food with easy-to-digest foods such as saltines or other bland crackers, rice, chicken (not greasy fried!), and bananas, cinnamon and/or jello.
  • Avoid the following for a day or so until your stomach feels settled: caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, and dairy.
  • Pain or fever? Take tylenol (acetaminophen) as it is easier on the stomach that similar meds.


Friday, August 21, 2015

GREENS HELP PROTECT FROM STOMACH FLU

The stomach flu or what doctors sometimes call acute gastroenteritis is a nasty thing dreaded by one and all. With school starting and our kids exposed to this dreaded vomiting and diahhrea malady here is some info on helping to prevent an outbreak at your house. The 'stomach flu' is easy to catch because it is caused by a highly contagious group of 'bugs' called noroviruses. One of the best preventatives is frequent hand washing. But how about some green veggies to also help?

The digestive tract produces its own immune cells that are highly capable of quashing noroviruses if you have enough of them. According to British researchers you can triple your body's ability to produce these infection fighters in your digestive tract by eating cruciferous vegetables daily.  Cruciferous veggies include kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc. The researchers suggested 1 cup a day (for adults) for optimum results.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FRUITS AND VEGGIES MAY HELP YOU PREVENT A STROKE

Stokes can be very debilitating and they usually strike suddenly. Canadian researchers found that women who added one cup of nutrient-rich fruits or vegetables to every meal cut their risk of stroke by as much as 37%. If you can't manage that they suggested a can of V8 everyday. They even stated that unless you are on a low-sodium diet choosing the low-sodium version isn't necessary.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

YEAH FOR FRIED FOODS

Hallelujah! Just what we have been looking for, a study that says go ahead and eat fried foods! But before you get too excited finish reading this post. A fairly large Spanish study two or three years ago found that eating fried foods posed no heart risk so long as the foods were fried in a mono- and poly-unsaturated healthy fat. This study was conducted on 40,757 adults ages 29 to 69 and was published in the British Medical Journal. The key here is to use the proper fat for frying! I can personally vouch for this fact. I love fried foods and for many years I had extremely high cholesterol and suffered a heart attack. I have inherited some cholesterol and heart problems but even so after changing my diet to only using olive, canola, or coconut oil for frying my cholesterol has been in the normal range for a few years now. I do take a cholesterol medication but had taken the same meds back when it was extremely high, too. So relax, buy the proper oils and enjoy some fried foods from time to time! In fact, heart-healthy omega-3 fats are essential to a healthy diet.


Monday, August 17, 2015

NO TO SODA, POP, OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT

Do not drink sodas on a regular basis but substitute water with a slice of citrus such as lemon, lime or orange. Even a slice of cucumber is a good idea. According to the American Heart Association, drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day may expand a woman's waistline and increase her risk of heart disease and diabetes. This was stated in a symposium to women but should be applied to men, too.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

SALAD DRESSINGS

Dr. A. Marc Gillinov, noted surgeon at the famed Cleveland Clinic, suggests getting rid of creamy salad dressings and making your own dressing with some type blend of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some spices to taste. Dr. Gillinov states, "Olive oil is a healthy fat that's good for your heart." Don't ruin a healthy salad by loading it down with a dressing that is not good for you!


HEART ADVICE

Less than 20% of women think they are at risk for heart disease even though it is the #1 killer in America. Ladies make sure you are eating a heart-healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and know the signs of a heart attack - women and men usually suffer different symptoms. There are many posts on this blog to help you with both. Take the time to read them.


Friday, August 14, 2015

LET'S ALL GO A LITTLE NUTS

As has been mentioned on this blog before, plain unsalted nuts are very good for you. Dr. Stephen Devries, a preventative cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago suggests we can rein in our cholesterol by sprinkling unsalted nuts on salad, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. Dr. Devries stated, "Nuts are rich in plant sterols, natural substances that block absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract." Two handfuls a day - that's about 2 ounces - have been shown in studies to reduce "bad" cholesterol by 10 points. Dr. Devries says almonds and walnuts are the most beneficial.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

START YOUR DAY IN A HEALTHY WAY

If you are starting your day with coffee and a pastry, a bowl of sugary cereal, or a platter of bacon and eggs try changing that to a healthy breakfast several days a week. According to Anne VanBeber, R.D. and a professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, changing to a breakfast of 1 cup of oatmeal can reduce you fat and cholesterol intake by as much as 20%. Adding a slice of whole-grain toast can add more plant sterols to get your day off to a healthy start.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

DO YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR OIL?

Dr. A. Marc Gillinow, cardiac surgeon and surgical director at the Cleveland Clinic says many of us need to change our oil! He is talking about cooking oils. Dr. Gillinow suggests swapping other types of cooking oil for extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil. He went on to say, "They are low in saturated fats and a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids."

Friday, August 7, 2015

INTERESTING INFO REGARDING BLACK TEA AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

According to a study reported in the British Medical Journal a couple years ago the more black tea a nation consumes per capita, the fewer cases of Type 2 diabetes they report. Another reason to add black tea to your diet!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PROTEIN FOR WEIGHT LOSS

If you are dieting and feeling proud that you are only eating three meals a day, you are doing it wrong. According to health expert and certified trainer Kim Lyons, you quash cravings by doing mini-meals. As a diabetic I have been doing this now for years but it is an important way for anyone to eat. Have three meals a day with a protein mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Why protein? Protein will regulate your blood sugar and keep you from crashing later. When I say snack I mean snack, not another meal. Here are some healthy suggestions for those "mid" snacks; small amount of a lean meat, tofu, low-fat cheese stick, boiled egg, nut butters, etc. It is okay to add a small amount of carbs but the main focus should be protein.

The protein in the nut butter makes this apple a much healthier snack than the apple alone.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FRUITS AND VEGGIES FOR TEENS

Research has shown that teenagers who stay away from junk food are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that teens who ate at least two fruit and four veggie servings per day and stayed away from fast foods, sweets, and soda were less likely to show symptoms of mental health problems. Do the teens in your life a favor and help them to make healthy food choices.


Monday, August 3, 2015

EVER HEAR OF THE NUTRIENT APIGENIN?

I have to say that with all my nutritional/medical research I had never heard of the nutrient apigenin. That is until a read about a lab study done at Ohio State University in 2012 or 13, I believe. The study found that this nutrient which is found in peppermint, parsley, oranges, etc may have cancer-fighting superpowers. The study found that apigenin triggered cancer cells to kill themselves off. Interesting and might make it worth your while to add more oranges, peppermint, or parsley to your diet.


Friday, July 31, 2015

DR. STEVEN NISSEN, CHAIR OF THE CARDIOLOGY DEPT. CLEVELAND CLINIC, ON DIET AND HEART HEALTH

According to Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of the cardiology department of the Cleveland Clinic, today's 75-year-old can live to be 90 or 95. But there are some things to do and not do to stay healthy, especially heart healthy. Here is his #1 thing to stay away from: Fad Diets! He says there are many diet books out there and all are mostly contradictory. "One will say eat no fat. The next one will say eat no carbs. They're all wrong. None of these diets is healthy or appropriate for cardiac health." That is a quote from Dr. Nissen. His #2 thing to stay away from is dietary supplements. He stated, "There's no way to know what's in them (they are largely unregulated).

He says heart health is determined by the quantity and types of foods one eats. He cited a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at a low-fat diet versus a Mediterranean-style diet. Those who consumed a diet rich in olive oil and nuts (both have fat content but they are good fats) had a much lower risk for heart disease. That would be a Mediterranean-style diet.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

7 PLUS SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PER DAY!

We are often told to eat 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables but a British study three or four years ago found that by increasing our daily servings to 7+ we can live longer. By adding the extra servings the researchers found that one can reduce the risk of early death by 42%. Love life and want to hang around as long as possible? Increase the fruits and veggies in your diet.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

USE HERBS TO CUT DOWN ON INFLAMMATION

Not only does inflammation in the body cause pain and misery, it is damaging to the body. Studies a few years ago (2012, if I remember correctly) show that 63% of people who added 2 teaspoons of dried herbs or 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs to their daily diet cut down the inflammation levels in their body within 1 week! The reason? Herbs and spices are powerful anti-infammatories and anti-oxidants that quickly break down inflammation molecules in the digestive tract, muscles, pancreas and other tissues. Researchers list the following as the most powerful: Rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, curry, turmeric, cayenne, chili powder, oregano, sage, ginger, cloves and allspice.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GLUTEN-FREE DIETS

Are you aware that only 1% off the population has celiac disease? And only around 8% of the population have any medical reason for eating gluten-free. Here are some tips about whether or not to eat gluten-free (frankly only when told to do so by a doctor, in my opinion):

Do go gluten-free if you have biopsy-confirmed celiac disease. Eating gluten-free in this case will prevent intestinal damage and help manage your symptoms of the disease.

Do go gluten-free if you have medically documented gluten sensitivity.

Do go gluten-free if your doctor told you to do so.

Don't go gluten-free thinking gluten-free foods are lower in carbs. In fact gluten-free foods often contain more carbs as sugar and other high carb ingredients are used to replace the wheat or other gluten grains. (Diabetics beware of this one. You don't need that extra sugar!)

Don't go gluten-free as a way to lose weight. If you do lose weight under such circumstances it is probably because you gave up crackers, pastas, breads, etc.

Don't make the mistake of thinking gluten-free foods are more nutritious. Most gluten-free foods are not enriched with the B vitamins and/or iron.


MUSCLE VS FAT

FYI - Per Calorielab.com, 1 pound of muscle burns 7 to 10 calories during the day while 1 pound of fat only burns 2 to 3 calories during the day!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

INEXPENSIVE HOMEMADE ICE PACKS

My personal notes: Double bag to prevent leaks. Before loading bag take a sharpie and write, "Contains alcohol - do not ingest."


Saturday, July 18, 2015

ZINC TO COMBAT BODY ODOR

Studies have shown there may be relief for persons who battle body odor. If you feel like your deodorant isn't doing its job, try taking a 30 mg zinc supplement daily. This amy help stop the growth of odor-causing bacteria under the arms and on feet!



Note: This is not a brand endorsement. Used for reference purposes only.

Friday, July 17, 2015

STAYING ACTIVE LOWERS ALZHEIMER'S RISK

According to the medical journal Neurology, staying active cuts the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 50% at any age. And this doesn't mean you have to spend hours in a gym exercising. Things as simple as housework, taking walks, etc count.

Personal note: My husband has COPD and Alzheimer's. He was a very active person most of his life. When his COPD really slowed him down his Alzheimer's because worse.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

TRANS FATS AND INTESTINAL INFLAMMATION

Having intestinal problems? Try cutting the trans fats from your diet. By the way, on food labels trans fats are listed as "hydrogenated" or "partionally hydrogenated" oils or fats. Almost all commercially prepared pies, cakes, cookies, etc contain trans fats. Studies have shown trans fats can make intestinal inflammation jump for up to three hours after comsuming them. Once again, I know I say it often, read food labels and know exactly what you are eating.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

CITRUS FRUITS HELP TO RESIST COLDS

Scientists says eating 1/2 cup of citrus fruit a day could cut ones risk of getting a cold, especially summer colds, by 85%. The reason? Citrus fruits contain bioflavonoids that strengthen sinus tissues keeping germs from penetrating. Most cold germs enter our bodies through our noses followed by the eyes.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

ONE MORE REASON TO EAT AN APPLE

Need to get rid of belly fat? Try choosing apples for snacks. Studies have shown that pectin, a fiber in apples, helps blast away belly fat. Not only is belly fat unattractive, it can lead to a whole series of health problems. Keep apples handy and grab one the next time you need a snack, especially if you are fighting belly fat.


Friday, July 3, 2015

GERBERA DAISIES FOR BETTER SLEEP

Another tip that has nothing to do with kitchen medicine but might be helpful to many of you readers. Could something as simple as a plant help you sleep better? Studies have shown that a plant in your bedroom can cut down on tossing and turning, help you to fall asleep faster, and wake up less during the night. That is because we sleep better in a space with lots of oxygen in the air. Gerbera daisies are the best for this, according to scientists who study such things, because while most plants emit extra oxygen during the day, gerbera diasies absorb toxins and carbon monoxide and give off more pure oxygen at night. Scientists epsecially recommend this for those suffering with sleep apnea.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

PURCHASE SOME CACTI

Disclaimer: This isn't exactly kitchen medicine but I thought it interesting enough to share here.

Do you spend hours working at a computer? If you do and you ever get 'brain fog' or dry eyes from looking at a computer screen for long periods of time some Swiss researchers have a solution for you. These researchers state that keeping a potted cactus plant near your computer will boost concentration and help ward away dry and tired eyes. Would you believe cacti have unique compounds that counteract electromagnetic radiation from computer screens. This is believed to be a survival mechanism for cacti that has developed to cope with exposure to harsh solar radiation.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PROTECT KNEE CARTILAGE WITH OLIVE OIL

By substituting 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil for other cooking oils one might reduce knee pain by as much as 20%. Research has shown that olive oil contains a natural anti-inflammatory that stops immune cells from attacking kneww cartilage.




Monday, June 29, 2015

RED PEPPERS VS GREEN PEPPERS

Did you know that red peppers have 9 times more vitamin A and 2 times more vitamin C than green peppers?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

PROTEIN TO HALT THE AFTERNOON SLUMPS

I have mentioned this on this blog before but so many complain of afternoon slumps I thought another post might be in order. Whatever you do when you feel that afternoon slump coming on, don't grab a candy bar or other sweet treat. You need something protein rich to combat the slumps. British researchers suggest a snack that includes hummus or eating a hard boiled egg for a boost in pep. The reason? Amino acids in protein stimulate certain brain cells that make you feel more alert, according to the study's lead author Denis Burdakov, Ph.D. Protein rich foods are also rich in tyrosine, an amino acid needed to help the body produce noradrenaline another brain chemical that perks you up.


Friday, June 26, 2015

SOME BENEFITS OF CUMIN

The spice cumin has many benefits and should be used in cooking when possible. Here are some of the documented benefits of cumin:

  • Appetite stimulant for those who are sick and need to increase their appetite - especially important for those suffering loss of appetite due to cancer treatments.
  • Digestive aid.
  • Anti-microbial
  • Cumin seeds may slow down the growth of stomach and cervical tumors.
  • Studies have shown that toasted cumin seeds are good for an upset stomach and also to relieve cramping.

MINT AND ICE WATER FOR COOLING OFF

Extereme summer heat prompts the body to produce stress hormones which trigger the release of fatigue-triggering toxins. Here is an easy trick for a quick cool-down and thus revving up your energy levels. Mint is the answer as it contains menthol which activates cold-sensitive nerves in the mouth. Try this trick - chew a piece of mint gum and then drink a glass of water. This will cause the water to taste much colder.

Another benefit of mint is that it can be used to curb your appetite. Before reaching for that tempting treat, take a whiff of mint. The mint helps suppress your appetite by preventing production of the "hunger" hormone ghrelin.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

HEARING AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

According to a study done two years or so ago at Johns Hopkins University, protecting your hearing may help protect you from Alzheimer's disease. The study found that when the brain has to work really hard to decipher what is being said, its ability to form and keep memories can decline. Here is a tip from an Australian study that might help. The Australian study found that eating 2 cups of sweet potatoes and 4-ounces of almonds weekly could cut ones risk of hearing problems by as much as half. The reason? These are superfoods that are packed with the nutrients that keep even the tiniest blood vessels healthy and plaque free. This keeps the ears from being starved of oxygen according to the Australian authors of the study.


Friday, June 19, 2015

PROTEIN TO BURN CALORIES

According to British researchers the amino acids in protein-rich foods prompt the body to burn more calories as fuel. And that helps one to shed weight.


Friday, June 12, 2015

ADD FOOD AND SUBRACT CALORIES

The next time you make pasta or other dishes using a sauce, add some pureed carrot, cauliflower, etc to the sauce. Buy steaming a veggie and adding it to the sauce studies have shown we feel fuller sooner and therefore eat less calories. If you don't go overboard with the veggies, most people won't even realize they are there! This trick has been known to save people between 300 and 400 calories a day.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

MORE CAFFEINE IN LATTES OR A REGULAR CUP OF COFFEE?

If you need a caffeine boost don't order a latte or cappuccino. A regular cup of coffee has two to three times the caffeine that a latte or cappuccino does. As such, the regular cup of coffee is a poorer option if you are trying to cut back on caffeine.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ANOTHER REASON TO DRINK TEA

According to the medical journal Psychopharmacology, drinking a cup of black caffeinated tea daily helps one bounce back from stressful situations 20% faster than those who don't drink it. According to the article credit goes to compounds in the tea that lower cortisol levels. So enjoy a cup of black caffeinated tea everyday especially if you have stressful situations in your life and who doesn't from time to time!




Monday, June 8, 2015

AVOCADOS FOR THE EYES

Avocados have the highest quantity of the carotenoid lutein of any fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, and cataracts. If you aren't currently including avocados in your diet, it would be a good idea to do so.


Friday, June 5, 2015

NUTRITIONAL BAR TIP

When grabbing a nutritional bar always check out the sugar content then look to see where the sugar comes from. Does it come from fruit or refined sugar? And remember this, once that nutritional bar is coated in chocolate or yogurt it has added calories!

Note: This stock photo is not a brand endorsement. It is used solely as a photo prop.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOT AND SULTRY OUTSIDE? TRY THESE FOODS

According to practitioners of ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, eating the following foods will help cool you down: mint, watermelon, cucumber, summer squash, fennel, coconut, and cilantro. Does it work? I have no idea but I would assume folks in India would know something about dealing with heat.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A HEALTHY DIABETIC SNACK

This is good advice for anyone but is especially important for diabetics. Instead of one or two big meals a day, it is important to eat three small meals and a couple of healthy snacks. People often ask what makes a
healthy snack. Here is a good example: A whole-grain cracker spread with some peanut butter and topped with a dash of cinnamon. The cracker has fiber which slows down digestion, helpful in preventing blood sugar spikes. Both peanut butter and cinnamon are known to help control blood sugar levels. This is a great mid-afternoon snack.

Note: Stock Photo


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FIBER IN THE DIET

Fiber should be an important part of your daily diet. Most doctors recommend at least 25 grams of fiber per day. It is best to get your fiber from foods but if that is a problem you may have to supplement. Some foods high in fiber are vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. One of the easiest ways to get more fiber in your diet is to stop buying refined products which have almost all the fiber stripped out. Examples; don't buy white bread, buy whole-grain, don't buy white rice, buy brown rice, don't buy regular pastas, buy whole-grain, etc. It really isn't hard to get the proper amount of fiber in your diet. Your body needs fiber to work properly.


Monday, June 1, 2015

WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS?

Disclaimer: I have osteoporosis but I just do not take osteoporosis medications. Perhaps I should but I have tried several and I just decided against them. After several colon surgeries, a bowel resection, colon cancer, etc, osteoporosis drugs are not good for my digestive system. My worst osteoporosis spot is one of my hips. When I take osteoporosis drugs, that hip hurts me. In studying the drugs I discovered most of them leach nutrients from the hips and move them elsewhere. If you are on osteoporosis drugs and they are working for you this post is not to discourage you from that course of treatment! Having said all that, this post is about eating to prevent or slow down osteoporosis. Knowing what to eat (or not eat) is important in fighting any health problem. Here are some tips for eating to prevent or slow down osteoporoisis:

  • You need calcium. That is probably the number one thing everyone knows about osteoporosis. It is best to get said calcium from the foods you eat and here are some good examples - fat-free plain Greek yogurt, fat-free milk and cheese, white beans, kale, collard greens, broccoli, almonds, and soybeans. Include some of these in your diet everyday.
  • Get plenty of lean protein. Examples are lean meats such as turkey, chicken, pork tenderloin, lean beef, legumes, peanut butter, beans, low-fat milk and cheeses. Avoid too many protein bars and shakes. That is not the best way to get healthy protein.
  • Vitamin D is important, too. Actually calcium needs vitamin D to help it travel to the bones and where it is needed. Sunshine helps the body to produce vitamin D but that requires too much time in the sun so supplement with the following foods: Fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and herring. Soy milk, yogurt, and egg yolks also contain vitamin D. Since the list of foods rich in vitamin D is slim you may need to discuss a vitamin D supplement with your doctor.
  • Magnesium is also beneficial in preventing and fighting osteoporosis. Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium to help maintain a strong bone structure. Magnesium is found in seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, and flax, brown rice, Swiss chard, spinach, sweet potatoes, beans, wheat germ, etc.
This is a short list of foods that will help you prevent or slow down osteoporosis. There are more but if you make a point of including several of the above foods in your daily diet you will be well on your way to preventing this bone disease.


Friday, May 29, 2015

POTATO SALAD TRICK

Do you love potatoes but have to avoid them because of blood sugar spikes? Here is a trick to try if you fall into the 'I love potatoes but my blood sugar doesn't trap'. Make your potato salad with lemon juice then chill it before eating. Scientists have discovered that the acid from the lemon juice and the cold from the refrigeration alter the molecules in the potatoes to slow down absorption and thus lower the risk of a blood sugar spike.


Note: The eggs and paprika on the potato salad in this file photo are also a good idea, especially for diabetics.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ANOTHER REASON TO GRAB A HANDFUL OF ALMONDS

Do you find yourself needing a midday snack? Try eating a few (10-12) almonds. Not only are almonds heart-healthy but research shows they may reduce your appetite. Research has shown that the good fat in almonds reduced appetite and may also help to lower the production of fat-storing hormones! Don't cheat, we are talking about raw almonds not the ones coated in salt and/or chocolate, etc.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LUNCH-TIME TIP

Americans typically eat too many calories at lunch and then many go sit at a desk all afternoon. An easy weight loss tip is to cut back on lunch. Instead of a heavy or fast-food lunch, eat something light but filling. (Are you aware of the number of calories in most fast food lunches? Many are well over 1,000 calories.) Here is a tip from weight loss experts: When possible, eat lunch before you become ravenous. Once you allow yourself to reach the ravenous stage you will automatically eat too much then probably feel miserable all afternoon.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CUT BACK ON SUGAR TO REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, try cutting back on sugar. You were probably told by your medical professional to cut back on salt but they often neglect to mention cutting back on sugar, too. Research has even shown that cutting out sweetened drinks and eating fewer desserts lowered blood pressure for 77% of the patients in the study within a 3 month period. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum suggests the reason is because high blood sugar is irritating to artery walls so the less sugar you take in, the healthier and relaxed your blood vessels will be.